Leviticus 27
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1  Hashem spoke to Moshe, saying:

א  וַיְדַבֵּר יְהֹוָה אֶל־מֹשֶׁה לֵּאמֹר׃

2  Speak to B’nei Yisrael and say to them: When anyone explicitly vows to Hashem the equivalent for a human being,

ב  דַּבֵּר אֶל־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵהֶם אִישׁ כִּי יַפְלִא נֶדֶר בְּעֶרְכְּךָ נְפָשֹׁת לַיהֹוָה׃

3  the following scale shall apply: If it is a male from twenty to sixty years of age, the equivalent is fifty shekalim of silver by the sanctuary weight;

ג  וְהָיָה עֶרְכְּךָ הַזָּכָר מִבֶּן עֶשְׂרִים שָׁנָה וְעַד בֶּן־שִׁשִּׁים שָׁנָה וְהָיָה עֶרְכְּךָ חֲמִשִּׁים שֶׁקֶל כֶּסֶף בְּשֶׁקֶל הַקֹּדֶשׁ׃

4  if it is a female, the equivalent is thirty shekalim.

ד  וְאִם־נְקֵבָה הִוא וְהָיָה עֶרְכְּךָ שְׁלֹשִׁים שָׁקֶל׃

5  If the age is from five years to twenty years, the equivalent is twenty shekalim for a male and ten shekalim for a female.

ה  וְאִם מִבֶּן־חָמֵשׁ שָׁנִים וְעַד בֶּן־עֶשְׂרִים שָׁנָה וְהָיָה עֶרְכְּךָ הַזָּכָר עֶשְׂרִים שְׁקָלִים וְלַנְּקֵבָה עֲשֶׂרֶת שְׁקָלִים׃

6  If the age is from one month to five years, the equivalent for a male is five shekalim of silver, and the equivalent for a female is three shekalim of silver.

ו  וְאִם מִבֶּן־חֹדֶשׁ וְעַד בֶּן־חָמֵשׁ שָׁנִים וְהָיָה עֶרְכְּךָ הַזָּכָר חֲמִשָּׁה שְׁקָלִים כָּסֶף וְלַנְּקֵבָה עֶרְכְּךָ שְׁלֹשֶׁת שְׁקָלִים כָּסֶף׃

7  If the age is sixty years or over, the equivalent is fifteen shekalim in the case of a male and ten shekalim for a female.

ז  וְאִם מִבֶּן־שִׁשִּׁים שָׁנָה וָמַעְלָה אִם־זָכָר וְהָיָה עֶרְכְּךָ חֲמִשָּׁה עָשָׂר שָׁקֶל וְלַנְּקֵבָה עֲשָׂרָה שְׁקָלִים׃

8  But if one cannot afford the equivalent, he shall be presented before the Kohen, and the Kohen shall assess him; the Kohen shall assess him according to what the vower can afford.

ח  וְאִם־מָךְ הוּא מֵעֶרְכֶּךָ וְהֶעֱמִידוֹ לִפְנֵי הַכֹּהֵן וְהֶעֱרִיךְ אֹתוֹ הַכֹּהֵן עַל־פִּי אֲשֶׁר תַּשִּׂיג יַד הַנֹּדֵר יַעֲרִיכֶנּוּ הַכֹּהֵן׃

9  If [the vow concerns] any animal that may be brought as an offering to Hashem, any such that may be given to Hashem shall be holy.

ט  וְאִם־בְּהֵמָה אֲשֶׁר יַקְרִיבוּ מִמֶּנָּה קָרְבָּן לַיהֹוָה כֹּל אֲשֶׁר יִתֵּן מִמֶּנּוּ לַיהֹוָה יִהְיֶה־קֹּדֶשׁ׃

10  One may not exchange or substitute another for it, either good for bad, or bad for good; if one does substitute one animal for another, the thing vowed and its substitute shall both be holy.

י  לֹא יַחֲלִיפֶנּוּ וְלֹא־יָמִיר אֹתוֹ טוֹב בְּרָע אוֹ־רַע בְּטוֹב וְאִם־הָמֵר יָמִיר בְּהֵמָה בִּבְהֵמָה וְהָיָה־הוּא וּתְמוּרָתוֹ יִהְיֶה־קֹּדֶשׁ׃

11  If [the vow concerns] any unclean animal that may not be brought as an offering to Hashem, the animal shall be presented before the Kohen,

יא  וְאִם כָּל־בְּהֵמָה טְמֵאָה אֲשֶׁר לֹא־יַקְרִיבוּ מִמֶּנָּה קָרְבָּן לַיהֹוָה וְהֶעֱמִיד אֶת־הַבְּהֵמָה לִפְנֵי הַכֹּהֵן׃

12  and the Kohen shall assess it. Whether high or low, whatever assessment is set by the Kohen shall stand;

יב  וְהֶעֱרִיךְ הַכֹּהֵן אֹתָהּ בֵּין טוֹב וּבֵין רָע כְּעֶרְכְּךָ הַכֹּהֵן כֵּן יִהְיֶה׃

13  and if he wishes to redeem it, he must add one-fifth to its assessment.

יג  וְאִם־גָּאֹל יִגְאָלֶנָּה וְיָסַף חֲמִישִׁתוֹ עַל־עֶרְכֶּךָ׃

14  If anyone consecrates his house to Hashem, the Kohen shall assess it. Whether high or low, as the Kohen assesses it, so it shall stand;

יד  וְאִישׁ כִּי־יַקְדִּשׁ אֶת־בֵּיתוֹ קֹדֶשׁ לַיהֹוָה וְהֶעֱרִיכוֹ הַכֹּהֵן בֵּין טוֹב וּבֵין רָע כַּאֲשֶׁר יַעֲרִיךְ אֹתוֹ הַכֹּהֵן כֵּן יָקוּם׃

15  and if he who has consecrated his house wishes to redeem it, he must add one-fifth to the sum at which it was assessed, and it shall be his.

טו  וְאִם־הַמַּקְדִּישׁ יִגְאַל אֶת־בֵּיתוֹ וְיָסַף חֲמִישִׁית כֶּסֶף־עֶרְכְּךָ עָלָיו וְהָיָה לוֹ׃

16  If anyone consecrates to Hashem any land that he holds, its assessment shall be in accordance with its seed requirement: fifty shekalim of silver to a chomer of barley seed.

טז  וְאִם מִשְּׂדֵה אֲחֻזָּתוֹ יַקְדִּישׁ אִישׁ לַיהֹוָה וְהָיָה עֶרְכְּךָ לְפִי זַרְעוֹ זֶרַע חֹמֶר שְׂעֹרִים בַּחֲמִשִּׁים שֶׁקֶל כָּסֶף׃

17  If he consecrates his land as of the jubilee year, its assessment stands.

יז  אִם־מִשְּׁנַת הַיֹּבֵל יַקְדִּישׁ שָׂדֵהוּ כְּעֶרְכְּךָ יָקוּם׃

18  But if he consecrates his land after the jubilee, the Kohen shall compute the price according to the years that are left until the jubilee year, and its assessment shall be so reduced;

יח  וְאִם־אַחַר הַיֹּבֵל יַקְדִּישׁ שָׂדֵהוּ וְחִשַּׁב־לוֹ הַכֹּהֵן אֶת־הַכֶּסֶף עַל־פִּי הַשָּׁנִים הַנּוֹתָרֹת עַד שְׁנַת הַיֹּבֵל וְנִגְרַע מֵעֶרְכֶּךָ׃

19  and if he who consecrated the land wishes to redeem it, he must add one-fifth to the sum at which it was assessed, and it shall pass to him.

יט  וְאִם־גָּאֹל יִגְאַל אֶת־הַשָּׂדֶה הַמַּקְדִּישׁ אֹתוֹ וְיָסַף חֲמִשִׁית כֶּסֶף־עֶרְכְּךָ עָלָיו וְקָם לוֹ׃

20  But if he does not redeem the land, and the land is sold to another, it shall no longer be redeemable:

כ  וְאִם־לֹא יִגְאַל אֶת־הַשָּׂדֶה וְאִם־מָכַר אֶת־הַשָּׂדֶה לְאִישׁ אַחֵר לֹא יִגָּאֵל עוֹד׃

21  when it is released in the jubilee, the land shall be holy to Hashem, as land proscribed; it becomes the Kohen‘s holding.

כא  וְהָיָה הַשָּׂדֶה בְּצֵאתוֹ בַיֹּבֵל קֹדֶשׁ לַיהֹוָה כִּשְׂדֵה הַחֵרֶם לַכֹּהֵן תִּהְיֶה אֲחֻזָּתוֹ׃

22  If he consecrates to Hashem land that he purchased, which is not land of his holding,

כב  וְאִם אֶת־שְׂדֵה מִקְנָתוֹ אֲשֶׁר לֹא מִשְּׂדֵה אֲחֻזָּתוֹ יַקְדִּישׁ לַיהֹוָה׃

23  the Kohen shall compute for him the proportionate assessment up to the jubilee year, and he shall pay the assessment as of that day, a sacred donation to Hashem.

כג  וְחִשַּׁב־לוֹ הַכֹּהֵן אֵת מִכְסַת הָעֶרְכְּךָ עַד שְׁנַת הַיֹּבֵל וְנָתַן אֶת־הָעֶרְכְּךָ בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא קֹדֶשׁ לַיהֹוָה׃

24  In the jubilee year the land shall revert to him from whom it was bought, whose holding the land is.

כד  בִּשְׁנַת הַיּוֹבֵל יָשׁוּב הַשָּׂדֶה לַאֲשֶׁר קָנָהוּ מֵאִתּוֹ לַאֲשֶׁר־לוֹ אֲחֻזַּת הָאָרֶץ׃

25  All assessments shall be by the sanctuary weight, the shekel being twenty geira.

כה  וְכָל־עֶרְכְּךָ יִהְיֶה בְּשֶׁקֶל הַקֹּדֶשׁ עֶשְׂרִים גֵּרָה יִהְיֶה הַשָּׁקֶל׃

26  A firstling of animals, however, which—as a firstling—is Hashem‘s, cannot be consecrated by anybody; whether ox or sheep, it is Hashem‘s.

כו  אַךְ־בְּכוֹר אֲשֶׁר־יְבֻכַּר לַיהֹוָה בִּבְהֵמָה לֹא־יַקְדִּישׁ אִישׁ אֹתוֹ אִם־שׁוֹר אִם־שֶׂה לַיהֹוָה הוּא׃

27  But if it is of unclean animals, it may be ransomed as its assessment, with one-fifth added; if it is not redeemed, it shall be sold at its assessment.

כז  וְאִם בַּבְּהֵמָה הַטְּמֵאָה וּפָדָה בְעֶרְכֶּךָ וְיָסַף חֲמִשִׁתוֹ עָלָיו וְאִם־לֹא יִגָּאֵל וְנִמְכַּר בְּעֶרְכֶּךָ׃

28  But of all that anyone owns, be it man or beast or land of his holding, nothing that he has proscribed for Hashem may be sold or redeemed; every proscribed thing is totally consecrated to Hashem.

כח  אַךְ־כָּל־חֵרֶם אֲשֶׁר יַחֲרִם אִישׁ לַיהֹוָה מִכָּל־אֲשֶׁר־לוֹ מֵאָדָם וּבְהֵמָה וּמִשְּׂדֵה אֲחֻזָּתוֹ לֹא יִמָּכֵר וְלֹא יִגָּאֵל כָּל־חֵרֶם קֹדֶשׁ־קָדָשִׁים הוּא לַיהֹוָה׃

29  No human being who has been proscribed can be ransomed: he shall be put to death.

כט  כָּל־חֵרֶם אֲשֶׁר יָחֳרַם מִן־הָאָדָם לֹא יִפָּדֶה מוֹת יוּמָת׃

30  All tithes from the land, whether seed from the ground or fruit from the tree, are Hashem‘s; they are holy to Hashem.

v’-khol ma-SAR ha-A-retz mi-ZE-ra ha-A-retz mi-p’-REE ha-AYTZ la-do-NAI HU KO-desh la-do-NAI

ל  וְכָל־מַעְשַׂר הָאָרֶץ מִזֶּרַע הָאָרֶץ מִפְּרִי הָעֵץ לַיהֹוָה הוּא קֹדֶשׁ לַיהֹוָה׃

27:30   All tithes from the land

The laws of the tithes serve as another reminder that our successes in life should be attributed to Hashem, the source of everything in this world. This verse describes the second tithe, one tenth of a farmer’s produce that is to be separated after the first tithe is set aside for the Leviim. This tithe must be eaten in Yerushalayim, or redeemed for coins with which to purchase and eat food in the holy city. By separating one tenth of his produce and bringing it to Hashem’s capital city, the farmer is forced to remember that all of his produce is a gift from God; not merely the result of his own efforts.1 comment

31  If anyone wishes to redeem any of his tithes, he must add one-fifth to them.

לא  וְאִם־גָּאֹל יִגְאַל אִישׁ מִמַּעַשְׂרוֹ חֲמִשִׁיתוֹ יֹסֵף עָלָיו׃

32  All tithes of the herd or flock—of all that passes under the shepherd’s staff, every tenth one—shall be holy to Hashem.

לב  וְכָל־מַעְשַׂר בָּקָר וָצֹאן כֹּל אֲשֶׁר־יַעֲבֹר תַּחַת הַשָּׁבֶט הָעֲשִׂירִי יִהְיֶה־קֹּדֶשׁ לַיהֹוָה׃

33  He must not look out for good as against bad, or make substitution for it. If he does make substitution for it, then it and its substitute shall both be holy: it cannot be redeemed.

לג  לֹא יְבַקֵּר בֵּין־טוֹב לָרַע וְלֹא יְמִירֶנּוּ וְאִם־הָמֵר יְמִירֶנּוּ וְהָיָה־הוּא וּתְמוּרָתוֹ יִהְיֶה־קֹדֶשׁ לֹא יִגָּאֵל׃

34  These are the commandments that Hashem gave Moshe for B’nei Yisrael on Har Sinai.

לד  אֵלֶּה הַמִּצְוׂת אֲשֶׁר צִוָּה יְהֹוָה אֶת־מֹשֶׁה אֶל־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל בְּהַר סִינָי׃

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Leviticus 27

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